In 1997 Niesen opened her first restaurant in the Atlanta suburb of Decatur, GA. She had no money, no investors and just a lot of pluck. A former travel writer and ad copywriter a love of food and entertaining was all she needed. (Sort of)
A Decade later, and two restaurants under her belt, the self taught chef owner sold her businesses and moved to the country to start an organic farm and teach cooking classes at her Habersham Hacienda, a 7 acre bucolic property she bought in the North Georgia Mountains.
She continues to reinvent her life.